Former Vice President Walter Mondale suggested in an interview today President Obama stop relying on “idiot boards” — teleprompters, that is — to deliver his message to the American people.
“He uses these idiot boards to read speeches in television, and I think he loses the connection that he needs emotionally with American voters,” Mondale said in an interview set to air this evening on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, according to a transcript from the network.
“Idiot board” is a term used in television and movie production to refer to boards held up for performers to read off.
“If you’re looking at the teleprompter, you’re here, you’re here, you’re here and you’re — your audience is right there,” Mondale said. “And I think he needs to do more of that.”
Some days you just want to scream. I’m not going to go into the notion that Mondale, one of the few men I know for a fact who has lost a statewide election in EVERY STATE IN THE NATION, should not be the one giving advice. But this notion about the teleprompters is just more right-wing bullshit. Obama uses teleprompters for specific occasions when the wording he needs to use has to be very precise. For example, when announcing legislation and what it will do. Or speaking to AIPAC. Etc.
The rest of the time, he goes without a teleprompter and gives pretty damned spectacular speeches- but the wordage and verbiage at the event don’t need to be precise, so he can elaborate and “explore the space,” if you will.
This is not hard to figure out. Anyone who has watched the man for the past two years can figure this out. This is just more regurgitation of right wing bullshit. By a Democrat.